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Publication numberUS4055085 A
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 05/708,510
Publication dateOct 25, 1977
Filing dateJul 26, 1976
Priority dateNov 7, 1973
Publication number05708510, 708510, US 4055085 A, US 4055085A, US-A-4055085, US4055085 A, US4055085A
InventorsRichard Harry Wetterhorn
Original AssigneeDresser Industries, Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Motion amplifier for condition responsive gauge instrument
US 4055085 A
Abstract
Amplifier apparatus for providing output motion correlated to condition change motion or deflection of a condition responsive element. The amplifier in a preferred embodiment is mounted onto the condition responsive element for floating conjoint movement therewith. A remotely connected actuator, extending into the motion path, defines a pivot axis for a hinged gear sector arm of the amplifier. In pivoting about the actuator axis, the sector arm operably drives a rotatable output shaft supporting a pointer or the like.
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The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:
1. A motion amplifier for a gauge instrument having a motion producing condition responsive element, said amplifier comprising in combination:
a. a support frame;
b. pivot means pivotally supported on said support frame and including receiver means in which to receive an actuator operably connected to the condition responsive element for pivoting said pivot means in correlation to the motion produced by said element;
c. mounting means adapted for mounting said support frame and said pivot means as a unit on a stationary portion of the gauge instrument; and
d. calibration means adjustable to displace said unit on said mounting means relative to the received actuator for effecting presettable operational accuracy of the amplifier.
2. A motion amplifier according to claim 1 in which said receiver means comprises an elongated slot defined in said pivot means for receiving said actuator and said calibration means is effective in displacing said unit to change the operational leverage between the actuator and said pivot means.
3. A motion amplifier according to claim 2 in which said calibration means operates to effect span adjustment of the amplifier.
4. A motion amplifier according to claim 1 in which said pivot means is weighted in an unbalanced relation about its support operatively urging a weighted turning moment thereabout.
5. A condition responsive gauge instrument comprising in combination:
a. a condition responsive element producing motion in response to condition changes to which it is sensitive;
b. actuator means operably connected to said condition responsive element for floating conjoint movement therewith;
c. a motion amplifier including:
1. a support frame; and
2. pivot means pivotally supported on said support frame and including receiver means in which to receive said actuator for pivotting said pivot means in correlation to the motion produced by said element;
d. mounting means adapted for mounting said support frame and said pivot means as a unit on a stationary portion of the gauge instrument; and
e. calibration means adjustable to displace said unit on said mounting means relative to the received actuator for effecting presettable calibration accuracy of the amplifier.
6. A gauge instrument according to claim 5 in which said receiver means comprises an elongated slot defined in said pivot means for receiving said actuator and said calibration means is effective in displacing said unit to change the operational leverage between the actuator and said pivot means.
7. A gauge instrument according to claim 6 in which said calibration means operates to effect span adjustment of said amplifier.
8. A gauge instrument according to claim 5 in which the position of said mounting means is selectively presettable relative to said stationary portion for effecting linearity adjustment for said amplifier.
Description

This application is a divisional of application Ser. No. 413,483 filed Nov. 7, 1973, now abandoned, which was a continuation-in-part of application Ser. No. 186,120 filed Oct. 4, 1971, now abandoned.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. The field of art to which the invention pertains includes the art of measuring and testing as applicable to amplifier movements for gauge instruments.

2. Amplifier movements for use with pressure gauges, temperatures gauges or the like are well known and have been used commercially for many years. Typically, such gauges have a condition responsive element such as a bellows, Bourdon tube, bi-metal coil or the like providing a displacement in response to condition changes to which the element is sensitive. In a common construction, the amplifier or "movement" is comprised of leverage and gearing operably responsive to arcuate deflective motion of the element for driving an output shaft supporting a pointer movable relative to a fixed dial plate. The dial registration opposite the pointer position is indicative of the condition state such as pressure or temperature with which the instrument is being operative.

Traditionally, such prior amplifiers or movements include various elements of sturdy construction which are fixed or anchored relative to the motion path of the element. It is usual for the pointer shaft and one or more of the intermediate components to be operated about such an axis. Performance of those gauge constructions are capable of providing high levels of readout accuracy and have therefore been generally regarded as satisfactory. Notwithstanding their general acceptability, they are marketed on a highly competitive basis such that their maufacturing costs largely dictate ultimate consumer price and consequent profit.

Contributing significantly toward those costs are several factors not least of which is the construction mass per se of the components associated with the prior art type stationary movements requiring fixed posts, plates or the like to which the anchored axes components can be secured. In addition, such units are characteristically regarded as complex and difficult to calibrate because of the different adjustment settings, each of which mutually affect each other. It is not unknown for many man hours to be consumed in obtaining final calibration in order to meet the expected operating standards of the instrument. Yet another high cost factor has been the need for a relatively expensive hair spring or the like employed to minimize or overcome slack between components that might otherwise arise to adversely affect operation and accuracy. Moreover, by virtue of their constructions, it has been impractical if not impossible to obtain effective temperature compensation for maintaining instrument accuracy throughout wide temperature ranges to which it is subjected. The latter is generally attributable to utilization of a temperature sensitive link as part of the movement located within the case concealed or otherwise unresponsive to environmental changes occurring elsewhere. Despite recognition of these inherent drawbacks, the prior stationary type movements have continued heretofore to be employed as the industry standard for lack of a suitable alternative. Exemplifying movements of the prior art are those disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,214,979; 1,658,840 and 1,584,742.

SUMMARY

This invention relates to novel apparatus for amplifying motion of a condition responsive element to drive an output shaft supporting indicia mechanism such as a pointer. More specifically, the invention relates to such an amplifier apparatus or movement of comparatively lower construction cost than similar purpose movements of the prior art. In a preferred embodiment, the operating components including the pointer shaft are mounted directly onto the displacing free end of the condition responsive element for conjoint floating movement therewith. By virtue of this construction the previously required extra mass and attendant expense is substantially if not completely eleminated. At the same time calibration, as compared to previous techniques, is substantially simplified since each adjustment setting canbe independently rendered without affecting the others. Moreover, the arrangement of components places them in a weighted relation to each other enabling elemination of the formerly required slack removing hair spring. Where temperature compensation is desired, the construction lends itself to increasingly effective sensitively by means of a compensating element operably positioned with thermal contact both inside and outside of the casing as to substantially enhance the operable reliability of such compensation.

In accordance with the invention, the amplifier hereof is comprised of a one piece low cost support frame which can attach directly to the free end of a motion producing condition responsive element with which it is to be used, e.g., a Bourdon tube which operates arcuately. A geared sector arm is hinge connected to the frame while a remotely supported but stationary actuator link intersects the arm at a predetermined location displaced from its hinge to define a pivot axis therefor. The geared end of the sector arm meshes with a pinion on a rotatable pointer shaft also supported on the frame at a location substantially coincident with the axial center of the gauge dial. In response to condition changes, induced displacement or motion of the condition responsive element results in a like motion to the amplifier moving it rotationally about the element's natural pivot point. The latter movement causes pivoting of the sector arm about the actuator axis relative to the remaining components to in turn rotatably drive the pointer shaft an amount correlated to the displaced motion of the element.

It is therefore an object of the invention to provide novel amplifier apparatus for transmitting motion of a condition responsive element to an output drive shaft.

It is a further object of the invention to provide a novel apparatus for motion amplification as in the previous object that is capable of being directly attached to the condition responsive element for conjoint floating movement therewith.

It is a further object of the invention to provide a gauge instrument having a novel motion amplifier of substantially less mass and cost than such similar purpose movements of the prior art.

It is a still further object of the invention to provide a gauge instrument as in the last recited object in which the gauge calibration procedure is substantially less complex than previously required for such similar purpose movements of the prior art.

It is yet another object of the invention to provide a gauge instrument with a novel amplifier apparatus enabling temperature compensation increasingly sensitive to environmental conditions than such similar purpose compensation construction previously available.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIGS. 1 and 2 are framentary front and end elevations respectively of a pressure gauge embodying the motion amplifier hereof;

FIGS. 3 and 4 are enlarged front and end view respectively of the motion amplifier;

FIG. 5 is a motion diagram for the gauge components of FIG. 1;

FIGS. 6 and 7 are fragmentary front and end elevations, respectively, of a first optional variation for effecting span adjustment;

FIGS. 8, 9 and 10 are front elevations of alternative second optional variations for effecting zero adjustment;

FIG. 11 is a diagrammatic view illustrating a preferred technique for accurately effecting zero adjustment;

FIG. 12 is a fragmentary view of a combined structure for effecting both span and zero adjustment;

FIG. 13 is a sectional view taken substantially along the lines 13--13 of FIG. 12;

FIGS. 14 and 15 are fragmentary front and end elevations, respectively, of a third optional variation for effecting both temperature compensation and span adjustment;

FIG. 16 is a fragmentary front elevation of a variation to the span and adjustment features of FIGS. 14 and 15 for also enabling zero adjustment;

FIGS. 17 and 18 are sectional views, respectively, taken substantially along the lines 17--17 and 18--18 of FIG. 14;

FIGS. 19-22 are partial front elevations of a different embodiment of gauge instruments incorporating the motion amplifier hereof;

FIG. 23 is a fragmentary front elevation of a modified form of amplifier for the foregoing instrument embodiments; and

FIG. 24 is a fragmentary front elevation of an instrument embodiment utilizing the amplifier hereof in its inverted relation.

For an understanding of the invention, reference is now made to the drawings and particularly to FIGS. 1 and 2 in which there is illustrated an exemplary use of the amplifier designated 10 in conjunction with an otherwise conventional pressure gauge instrument designated 11. The instrument includes a stem or socket 12 in which fluid pressure to be sensed is received at an inlet 13 and includes threads 14 for connecting the gauge to a system with which it is to be employed. Fluid pressure received at inlet 13 is communicated to a Bourdon tube 18 that is subject to arcuate motion displacement in a well known manner in response to incremental pressure changes received at inlet 13.

The motion of Bourdon tube 18 is conducted to amplifier 10, as will be described below, to produce an amplified and correlated motion for operatinga pointer 19 relative to pressure values 20 on dial face 21. Except for stem 12, each of the foregoing components comprise the operating mechanism that is substantially contained within enclosed housing 24. The housing consists of a cup-shaped, shell-like backing 25 secured via screws 26 to stem 12 and a bezel 27 telescopically fit onto backing 25 to secure a crystal 28 for viewing the pointer position relative to dial values 20.

With reference also to FIGS. 3, 4 and 5 the amplifier 10 hereof will now be described in a first embodiment as utilized in the pressure gauge of FIGS. 1 and 2. Comprising the amplifier is a centrally upright U-shaped carriage or frame 32 integrally formed to include symetrically spaced apart side legs 33 and 34. Frame 32 is preferably of a hard metal such as brass and of relatively thin cross section to enable slight spreading of its side legs by flexing or bending for reasons as will be understood. Supporting the frame is a tang 73 of an intervening bracket 35 which in turn is U-shaped at its other end for receiving the free end of Bourdon tube 18. Bracket 35 is permanently secured to the Bourdon tube at 36 as by welding, soldering, brazing or the like. Being secured in this arrangement, the carriage and components that it supports are subject to a floating movement conjointly with deflection of Bourdon tube 18 as a result of pressure changes received at inlet 13.

Installed between carriages legs 33 and 34 by spreading the legs as aforesaid, are a pair of longitudinally displaced rotatable shafts 39 and 40. In this manner aligned apertures in the opposite legs provide journalled support for the transverse shafts by a snap-in installation without the need for separate bearings or bearing materials. Shaft 39 provides a hinge support for a geared sector arm 41 secured thereto as by staking at 44 while shaft 40 represents the output drive shaft supporting pointer 19. For purposes of symetry, the axis of shaft 40 is located to substantially coincide with the central axis of dial plate 21. Rotation of shaft 40 for positioning pointer 19 is effected by a pinion 46 secured thereto and meshing with sector gearing 47 of arm 41. As thus far described, all components of the amplifier assembly are secured by bracket 35 to the end of Bourdon tube 18 for conjoint floating movement therewith.

For operating the amplifier there is provided an actuator in the form of a relatively rigid sheet metal pin or link 50 of predetermined fixed length remotely supported and anchored to a suitable location elsewhere about the instrument. As will be understood, actuator 50 can be anchored or secured to any convenient stationary structure about the instrument. In a preferred construction for the embodiment being disclosed there is provided in the wall of stem12 a vertically slitted recess 53 inwardly dished at 54 to receive the looped end 55 of actuator 50. Supporting that end of the actuator in a pivoting relation is the outboard end 56 of screw 26. Opposite end 57 is likewise looped to receive screw 58 for connecting arm 50 to the sector arm through aperture 51 located intermediate shafts 39 and 40. In this manner, actuator 50 provides a pivot axis for sector arm 41 defined about aperture 51 for reasons as will be understood from the discussion below. In the intended sense, actuator line 50 is not per se a component of amplifier 10 but instead provides the cooperative operating mechanism thereof in response to its floating motion with the free end of Bourdon tube 18.

For an understanding of these operating relationships reference is also made to FIG. 5 in which the arcuate deflection motion of Bourdon tube 18 about its natural pivot axis 60 is represented by arrow 61. The latter motion produces a like motion of amplifier 10 relative to fixed pivot axis 51 affecting shaft 39 as indicated by arrow 62 and affecting shaft 40 as indicated by arrow 63. The travel extent represented by the different arrows 61, 62 and 63 is of course a correlated function of the exact geometric arrangements between the respective components and their relationship to pivot axis 60. At the same time travel 61 is related in a well known manner to the structural properties of condition responsive element 18 and the operational ranges to which it is to be subjected.

Whatever travel extent is incurred by shaft 39, as represented by arrow 62, the effect is to produce a hinged motion of sector arm 41 thereat being pivoted about axis 51. This in turn results in a meshed drive between sector gearing 47 and pinion 46 for operably rotating pointer shaft 40 while the latter is concomitantly displaced from the dial axis to an extent defined by arrow 63. To accommodate axial displacement of shaft 40, dial 21 includes a central aperture 64 of sufficient diametral clearance so as not to interfere with the operation. Since deviation or displacement within aperture 64 is relatively minimal, it is hardly perceptible to the eye except on close inspection and is not objectionable because of its close visual simulation to otherwise conventional prior art operation when viewing the dial from afar. By way of example, for a two inch pressure gauge operationally adapted for pressures from zero to 100 psig, full tip travel of the Bourdon tube is approximately 0.100 inches producing a motion displacement 62 of shaft 39 of about 0.095 inches to in turn produce a motion displacement 63 of shaft 40 of about 0.030 inches equal to about 1/32 inches.

A second amplifier embodiment in the form of a variation from the foregoing will now be described with additional reference to FIGS. 6 and 7 disclosing structure readily enabling "span" adjustment of the instrument. As known in the art, this adjustment is for effecting pointer travel coincident with the dial span encountered by the instrument on being subject to a full range of pressures through which it is intended to operate. For these purposes, actuator 50 extends increasingly downward in stem recess 53 to just above threads 14 where it is securely staked to the stem at 66. Preferably recess 53 throughout its vertical extent is of a width only slightly greater than that of actuator 50 and the latter is offset at 67 to prevent inadvertent sidewise rotation within the recess. From above offset 67, actuator 50 bends inwardly of the dished recess area 54 whereby its side edge 65 bends engagingly against conical nose 68 of a set screw 69 threadably adjustable within stem 12. Vertically beyond that location the actuator extends upwardly to an offset bend or crank 52 received within elongated slot 71 of sector arm 41 for defining the pivot axis therefor. Actuator offset 72 extends in interfering relation to the pivot path of arm 41 for providing an overload stop in the event of an overpressure supplied to the gauge. Similarly tang 73 of bracket 35 acts as an underload stop.

Pivoting leverage is essentially a function of the displacement or span distance represented by the dimension "X" (FIG. 6) between the pivot axis at 52 and the axis of shaft 39. By virtue of actuator 50 being bent in spring-like engagement against conical nose 68, set screw adjustment inwardly or outwardly of the stem causes actuator 50 to be shifted arcuately as represented by arrows 70. Whether shifted right or left, as viewed in FIG. 6, the operating effect of screw 69 is to alter dimension "X" for shifting location of the pivot axis. In this manner the pivot axis can be relocated until span setting for desired accuracy of the instrument is obtained. Reducing dimension "X" has the effect of increasing the amplification ratio and vice versa. The longitudinal shape of slot 71 for these purposes substantially corresponds with the shifting motion path of actuator 50 represented by arrows 70. In this instance slot 71 is arcuate of radius generally corresponding to the actuator length.

A third amplifier embodiment in the form of further variations of the amplifier in order to enable zero adjustment is specifically illustrated in FIGS. 8-11. This adjustment, as is understood in the art, is for obtaining coincident registration between the pointer position and the dial value 20 corresponding to the pressure value to which the instrument is being subjected. In accordance herewith, operating at fifty percent of rated capacity should place pivot axis 52 in a straight line between tube axis 60 and hinge axis 39 in the manner illustrated in FIG. 11. By this means, it is only necessary in accordance with a preferred technique to pressurize the instrument to fifty percent of its operating value at which time pointer 19 should register opposite that corresponding value 20 on dial plate 21.

To achieve adjustment in the manner of FIG. 8 for effecting the latter correspondence, segment arm 41 includes a cutout 74 containing a central cantilevered island portion 75 connected to the main body portion by a thin tang 76. By means of screwdriver slots 77 and 78, insertion of a screwdriver enables rotating central portion 75 about tang 76 until the proper pointer setting is obtained. In FIG. 9 the principle of zero setting is similar except that central portion 75 is commonly secured separately on axis 39, as by a spring load or press fit (not shown). This permits relative angular displacement between 75 and 41 which can be varied by a screwdriver in a manner similar to that previously described. In FIG. 10 the operating length of actuator 50 is directly adjustable. A short length 80 slideable relative to the main body of actuator 50 engages spaced apart guide links 81 and 82 and by means of an eccentric or other suitable type adjustment 83 links 81 and 82 can be moved closer together or further apart as required to effect zero adjustment.

As illustrated in FIGS. 12 and 12 there is disclosed structure enabling dial front setting of the zero adjustment with a factory settable span adjustment. For effecting the latter, there is provided an adjustable segment arm 84 arranged to extend contiguously parallel to sector arm 41. Included at one end of segment arm 84 is a staked pin 88 laterally extending through actuator 50 and sector slot 71 to define the pivot axis for sector arm 41. Centrally longitudinal within segment arm 84 is an elongated slot 89 of generally force fit dimension with respect ao an annular hub 90 on hinge shaft 39. A larger outer hub 91 maintains arm 84 closely juxtaposed to arm 41. By forcing arm 84 frictionally in either direction past hub 90 whereby to relocate pin 88 closer or further displaced relative to hinge shaft 39, dimension "X" is varied until proper span adjustment is achieved. To effect zero adjustment actuator 50 is secured to stem 12 in the manner of FIG. 1. However, unlike the previous description thereof, supporting screw end 56 is eccentric relative to its threading axis such that rotation of screw 26 shifts the support of end 55 in the manner of arrow 92. Since screw 26 is accessible from exterior of case 24, on site zero field adjustments can be readily made without disassembly of the unit.

In order to obtain temperature compensation in accordance with further variations hereof, reference is now made to FIGS. 14-18 in which actuator 50 is comprised of a bi-metallic element sensitive to temperature change to which it is exposed. To appreciate the simplicity and yet effectiveness of the structure herein the thermal factors normally affecting gauges of this type should be understood.

These factors are interrelated and generally consist of "thermal balance" and "thermal stress". The former represents a condition which exists when the various operating components are all at the same temperature. Preferably, calibration of the instrument should be conducted under thermally balanced conditions. Thermal stress is generally associated with variations in thermal expansion coefficients between different components. The different temperatures to which the various components are subjected act in the course of temperature change to impose undesirable stresses and changes in setting of the instrument. It should be appreciated that thermal balance is not normally duplicated in industrial use applications for such instruments as all components are rarely at the same operating temperature. For example, the stem is frequently inserted into a pipe well or the like at a substantially different temperature than the ambient environment into which the housing extends for visual reading. Even temperature swings in the ambient environment produce temperature gradients between the inside and outside of the housing that equalize or become eliminated only after an extensive time lag. Consequently, because of these temperature differences and resulting gradients, the operating components are subject to constantly varying thermal stresses which differ throughout the instrument. Most significant of these stresses, from a practical point of view, because of their relative permanency and magnitude, are the temperature differences likely to be imposed in service on stem 12 in contrast to that imposed by the ambient conditions surrounding housing 24. It is not uncommon, for example, on steam applications or the like for stem 12 to be at 200 F. variance with the remainder of the unit to which the stem heat is transmitted by conduction. Moreover, such temperature error is negligible at zero gauge pressure but is known to increase thereafter and become maximum at 100% gauge pressure.

In accordance herewith, bi-metallic actuator 50 of FIGS. 14-18 is double staked in stem 12 at 66 similarly as described in connection with FIG. 6 affording the actuator a common parallel thermal source with Bourdon tube 18. In order not to affect pointer zero, actuator cross-section generally below offset 94 has a lengthwise ridge 93 (FIG. 17) which renders that longitudinal portion thermally stiff while the upper cross-section, approximately above offset 94, is generally rectangular and flat as shown in FIG. 18 affording it increased thermal activity. With this arrangement, set screw 69 having a tapered seat 68 can be utilized as before for effecting a span adjustment by rotating the actuator in the manner of arrow 70 about its staked portion 66, On the other hand, the upper portion being more thermally active will similarly bend about screw 69 in response to temperature change to which it is subjected to essentially change the span or amplification ratio with temperature. By such changes thermally induced by the actuator, the pivot axis is relocated along a path which is neutral when the gauge and therefore segment slot 71 is at its zero position. In response to a temperature increase, crank pin 52 is displaced away from hinge shaft 39 to increase dimension "X" for effecting amplification reduction and vice versa. When desired to likewise obtain temperature compensated zero adjustment, the construction of FIG. 16 can be employed which includes the added feature of a thermal expansion loop 95. Expansion and contraction of loop 95 in response to temperature change produces an essentially linear movement of the actuator to effect changes in zero setting similarly as hereinbefore described.

With this construction, unlike that of the prior art, the temperature compensator is directly attached to the gauge stem for simultaneous and parallel conduction of temperature changes to the compensator and to the Bourdon tube. Moreover, by virtue of Bourdon tube 18 and the compensator 50 having matched cross sections (thermal resistance) they produce simultaneous motion of arm 41 and pivot 52 in response to temperature changes. Thus, maximum correlation can be obtained in the quickest possible time between thermal effects and thermal compensation sought to be achieved.

Referring now to FIG. 19, there is shown another type of gauge instrument utilizing amplifier 10 hereof. As constructed, the instrument includes two Bourdon tubes 98 and 99 operating as a pressure gauge in which a common pressure is received via stem 12 to produce opposing movement in each of the tubes. This construction can be used, for example, in situations requiring high vibration or shock resistance. Alternatively, the unit can be operated as a differential pressure gauge in which each of the Bourdon tubes are connected to a different source of pressure via separate stems 12. In either event, the amplifier is secured to the movable free end of Bourdon tube 98 with which it is subject to conjoint floating movement similarly as before. Actuator 50 is secured to the free end of Bourdon tub 99 to effectively enjoy conjoint floating movement with the latter whereby relative motion therebetween produces a hinged motion of gear sector 47 about hinge axis 39. Similarly as before, the hinged motion effects pivoting of gear sector arm 41 about pivot 52 for driving pinion 46 and pointer shaft 40.

FIGS. 20-22 represent additional types of gauge instruments utilizing amplifier 10 hereof. In these instrument embodiments, unlike those previously described, their condition responsive elements incur substantial linear rather than arcuate displacement in response to condition changes of their sensitivity. In FIG. 20, amplifier 10 is supported on a triple radius Bourdon tube 101 for substantially linear movement as shown by arrow 102. Tube 101 may, for example, be of a type disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 2,741,129, The constructions of FIGS. 21 and 22 similarly produce substantially linear movement by means of a bellows 103 secured to a base 104 and a piston 107 operable within a cylinder 108, respectively.

FIG. 23 illustrates a modified form of amplifier 10 in which the location of the hinge shaft and pivot axis of actuator 50 are interchanged with respect to shaft 40 and are here designed 39' and 52', respectively. Axis 52' is displaceable for span adjustment in slot 71' by means of set screw 69 similarly as before. It has been found that this arrangement, in contrast with the prior arrangement, can more readily be used to eliminate sine wave error that might otherwise be encountered in the courseof gauge operation.

FIG. 24 represents a still further embodiment in which the support of amplifier 10 and actuator 50 are inverted and interchanged with respect to base 12 and the tip of Bourdon tube 18. In this arrangement, frame 32 of amplifier 10 is secured to the offset termination 109 of a rigid pin or link 110 staked at 66 and laterally displaceable by adjustable set screw 69. By this means, the amplifier rather than the actuator link is displaced in the direction of arrow 111 for effecting span adjustment of the instrument. The virtues and simplicity of this calibration feature are otherwise preserved along the lines previously described. Moreover, by appropriately setting the height of amplifier 10 above stem 12 to match the operating characteristics of tube 18, linearity of the instrument can be readily preset. The later can be effected by vertical positioning of link 110 as by appropriately setting or adjusting the link height prior to staking at 66.

By the above description there is disclosed a novel amplifier apparatus for gauge instruments resolving a long standing problem with which the industry has been plagued for many years. By virtue of its novel construction, the amplifier not only achieves material cost reduction as compared to such similar purpose amplifiers of the prior art, but it also overcomes the substantial complexities of calibration difficulty and inaccurate temperature compensation characteristically typical of such movements of the prior art. Consequently, the amplifier hereof fulfills a long felt need in providing a construction not previously regarded as possible to substantially simplify an otherwise stagnant construction standardized on by industry for many years. Whereas the invention has been described principally in connection with a Bourdon tube for a pressure gauge construction such description has been utilized only for purposes of disclosure and is not intended as limitation of the invention. To the contrary, it is to be recognized that the amplifier is capable of use with any condition responsive element producing motion in response to condition changes to which it is sensitive.

Since many changes could be made in the above construction and many apparently widely different embodiments of this invention could be made without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in the drawings and specification shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification73/740
International ClassificationG01L7/16, G01L7/06, G01L7/04
Cooperative ClassificationG01L7/043, G01L7/063, G01L7/048, G01L7/166
European ClassificationG01L7/04E, G01L7/06B, G01L7/16B, G01L7/04B